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Mahmoud Ahmed - Ere Mela Mela lp (Heavenly Sweetness)

$24.99

"The finest Ethio jazz by Mahmoud Ahmed and his band from 1975 plus two tracks from 1978. Melancholy blues, piercingly minimalist country airs, brassy, danceable urban jazz, heart-wrenching, off-key crooners: a rich and stirring patchwork of sounds, crossing Afro-beat, Latino-swing moves and Eastern arabesques. Such were the first - informed and enthusiastic - opinions of the music press when the first strains of modern Ethiopian music landed on foreign shores. This was in 1984-'85. At this point, the country had been so thoroughly trashed by the media's feeding-frenzy, which spewed out a mix of horror and pious pity, bitter denunciation and humanitarian appeals, wallet-tickling cliches and refusal of identity. In one brutal swoop, TV-reality transformed Ethiopia into a cursed nation, forsaken by God and man. In contrast to these tragedies, but in the same hackneyed tones, Mahmoud Ahmed's life resembles an edifying fairy-tale where destiny, talent and achievement combine to triumph over poverty, fate and the evil eye. Who can argue, when faced with one of the greatest voices in all of Africa? " - HEAVENLY SWEETNESS RECORDS

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This product was added to our catalog on Friday 03 January, 2014.

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